Orchestra’s tribute to founding member

Rehearsals are well advanced for Tayside Symphony Orchestra’s summer concert, which will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 7.30pm.

For this ‘TSO Tribute to Ron’, the orchestra has come up with an interesting programme, consisting of the overture to Berlioz’s ‘Roman Carnival’, ‘Concertino of the Clarinet’ by Weber, ‘Andante for Bassoon’ by the same conductor, Richard Strauss’s ‘Duet Concertino’, Tschaikowsky’s waltz from ‘Eugene Onegin’ and Sibelius’s ‘Finlandia’.

TSO has also managed to attract two eminent soloists. Sarah Watts is a prize-winning clarinetist who has a world-wide reputation as a leading authority on the bass clarinet. Her recordings with Cuillin Sound Trio are highly acclaimed in the musical world.

Laurence Perkins is principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata. He has recorded the piece he will be playing, Weber’s ‘Andante and Hungarian Rondo’, on the Hyperion CD label and has won high praise for his performance.

Bill McLeod, TSO chairman, said: “As the title suggests, this concert is in honour of Ron Walker, who founded the TSO 22 years ago although many will know Ron has been unable to conduct for the past 18 months due to ill-health.

“Even before he became ill, Ron had decided that the June 2015 concert would be his swan song and naturally the orchestra is delighted to pay tribute to the man who has given outstanding leadership for the past two decades.

“In Ron’s continuing absence, Andrew McGarva will again be our conductor. Sadly, at the moment, it does not look likely that Ron will be able to take any part in the concert, but he very much hopes to be present and would welcome the chance to say ‘cheerio’.”

Mr McLeod added that the TSO committee is hoping for a “bumper” audience in the Reid Hall to mark the official farewell to Mr Walker as well as to welcome new conductor Andrew McGarva.

He continued:“As usual, if there is sufficient demand, we will run a bus from Montrose and Brechin to Forfar on the evening of the concert. I may say we are grateful to the concert’s main sponsors, Bowman, Scottish Lawyers, Kerr’s Miniature Railway and the Aberbrothock-Skea Trust for their financial support.”

Places on the bus can be booked by calling John Stevenson on 01674 830250 and tickets are available form Jarvis Brothers, Castle Street, Forfar; Hogg’s, High Street, Montrose; any member of TSO and committee and at the door on the evening of the concert.